There's a lot of people
that LIKE a natural forest, where deadfall provides sanctuary for various animals and endangered plants. The indian custom of burning the understory and deadfall to open up the forest and promote hunting was only the first of many man-made changes to the natural forest.
I agree with Bob; Global Warming is causing stronger storms, more damaging winds, more deadfall. And since we don't get killing freezes any more, insects and invasives have moved into the area, making our forests less open, and more infested, as the CDC announced
just this week.
...Farewell, carefree [orienteering] days of summer. The number of people getting diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States. Since 2004, at least nine such diseases have been discovered or newly introduced here....